Biden Administration Doubles US Refugee Admissions
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Tue 21st September 2021 | 02:00 AM
Washington, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Sep, 2021 ) :The Biden administration announced Monday that it would double the number of refugees it will accept in the coming fiscal year to 125,000, amid rising pressure from people fleeing Afghanistan and other countries.
Trump set the official cap for the current fiscal year, ending on September 30, at just 15,000, and actually admitted far less than that.
Biden overrode that number after he came into office, pushing it back up to 62,500.
For fiscal 2022, the level will rise to 125,000.
"Today, the State Department is reaffirming our commitment to refugee resettlement in line with our long tradition of providing a safe haven and opportunity to individuals fleeing persecution," said spokesperson Ned Price.
"With the world facing unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs, the United States is committed to leading efforts to provide protection and promote durable solutions to humanitarian crises," price said in a statement.
Some of those could fall under the refugee program and others under another program of "special immigrant visas."The announcement also came as US authorities were repatriating thousands of migrants who have crossed the US border with Mexico into Del Rio, Texas, in recent weeks.
Many are Haitians who have fled that country's chronic suffering due to political instability, earthquakes and hurricanes.